MAGGIE LONG: Teen burned alive in her family's Colorado home after burglary in December 2017


On December 1, 2017, at approximately 7:00 pm, deputies with the Park County Sheriff's Office were dispatched to a house fire located at 3763 County Road 43 in Bailey, Colorado. It was reported in a 9-1-1 call that people were inside the residence causing damage. At least one male was on the property. After the fire was extinguished at the residence, Maggie Long's remains were discovered by fire rescue personnel. The El Paso County Coroner's Office later ruled her death a homicide. Long was 17 years old at the time of her death. Investigative efforts at the scene revealed a physical altercation took place between Long and her assailants before the fire started. The suspects stole a Beretta handgun, an AK-47-style rifle, 2,000 rounds of ammunition, a green safe, and jade figurines.

The FBI is offering a reward of up to $20,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individuals responsible for the death of Maggie Long. Additional reward money may be available.

Maggie Long Murder: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know
1. Sheriff: Maggie Long Was Working at a Concert at her High School the Night She Died; She Briefly Went Home to Get Cookies For the Crowd But Never Returned

Maggie Long was a student at Platte Canyon High School in Bailey, Colorado. The town is located about 50 miles southwest of Denver.

Sheriff Tom McGraw of the Park County Sheriff’s Office explained during a news conference on January 28, 2019, that Long was supposed to be at her school for an event the night she was killed. He explained that Long had been in charge of the VIP section for a concert.

Long told her friends that she was going home to get more cookies and water to pass out to the audience. She told them she’d be right back. But she never returned to the school and was reported missing.

2. Sheriff: Three Suspects Spent a ‘Significant Amount of Time’ in the House & Murdered Maggie Long By Setting Her on Fire

Sheriff Tom McGraw explained that after more than a year of investigating, which has included interviews with hundreds of potential witnesses, the Maggie Long Task Force has come to the conclusion that three men were involved in Long’s murder.

Investigators believe the three suspects spent a “significant amount of time” in the house with Long on December 1, 2017. They say the suspects “deliberately chose to take her life” by burning her alive.

The Maggie Long Task Force website explains that “investigative efforts at the scene revealed a physical altercation took place between Maggie and her assailants before the fire started. Law enforcement believe the intent of the fire was to conceal actions of these assailants, such as the physical altercation and subsequent robbery.”

A witness called 911 after seeing flames coming from the house. Firefighters and emergency responders put out the fire, and subsequently discovered Long’s badly damaged body. The case was initially classified as arson, before investigators realized it had been a homicide.

3. The Suspects Stole Weapons & a Safe From Maggie Long’s Home

The three suspects took several items from the Long house. The Park County sheriff explained that investigators believe the suspect targeted the home for a robbery. Killing Maggie Long was likely not their original goal. He added that it’s unclear whether the suspects personally knew the teenager.

The suspects took an AK-47 rifle, a 9mm Beretta handgun, 200 rounds of ammunition and a green safe. Some of Long’s belongings were also discovered missing.

4. The Task Force is Offering a $50,000 Reward for Information Leading to an Arrest

5. Maggie Long Enjoyed Acting & the Venue Theater Put Together a Video Tribute That Included Past Performances


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'This is not a cold case': Maggie Long's sisters not giving up two years after teen's murder

A closed gate leads to an empty house off County Road 43 in Bailey. It’s a home that’s lost its meaning to sisters, Connie and Lynna Long.

“It’s not about, like, coming home without her because it’s not a home anymore,” Lynna Long said. Connie Long nodded in agreement.

“I don’t think of it as home anymore,” she said.

“It gets exhausting thinking about who could’ve done it, why they could’ve done it, why was Maggie there, what could I have done to stop it,” Connie Long said. “There’s just so many ‘what ifs’ and it just, you know, it takes me into a big hole, and I leave that part to the investigators who know what they’re doing.”

Dec. 1 marked two years since Maggie Long’s murder. A task force continues to work the case, but no arrests have been made and no suspects have been named.

“I listen to a lot of murder podcasts and like true crime stuff and I think that’s – we’re sitting here with you today because this is not a cold case,” Lynna Long said.

For sisters, two years still feels like yesterday.

“Having to deal day to day with not being able to talk to her, know how she’s doing or not being able to follow her on her journey through college or finding herself. That part sucks.” Connie Long said.

The Long family no longer lives in the home off County Road 43. It’s sat empty since that night in December 2017. The family has since left Bailey altogether.

“That time is passed and like her not being around anymore changes how I view Bailey as a place that I grew up because it doesn’t feel like the place I grew up anymore without that presence,” Lynna Long said.

If you have information about the Maggie Long case, you can submit an anonymous tip at There’s a $50,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest.


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I want them to solve this one so bad!!!

Reward increased to $75,000 in Maggie Long murder case​

It's been three years since 17-year-old Maggie Long was killed inside her Bailey home, and the family has now increased the reward to $75,000 in hopes of generating new leads.

A task force continues to actively investigate the case. Last month, two detectives followed a lead to Oklahoma where a man from the Bailey area had been arrested. Unfortunately, there was no connection to the Maggie Long case, according to Park County Sheriff Tom McGraw.

The sheriff told 9NEWS he doesn't believe the case has gone cold.

“This case will not go away, I can assure you that, until we have someone in jail for this case," he said. “It could be tomorrow. It could be a year down the road or longer, but we’ll keep working on this case and we’ll stay on it until something happens with it.”

Witnesses can submit tips by calling 303-239-4243. No arrests have been made and no suspects have been named.



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Boy Colorado sure seems to have more than their share of unsolved cases sometimes. This article from a year ago mentions a fourth person involved. The person could be female or male. It seems like they must know something because where does this info come from?

Do you notice in the first post on this page under number 3, it says some of Long's things were missing too--meaning the victim's I take it... This seems strange. She had sisters as well didn't she or were they older and not living at home? Why differentiate her things from things taken from the home... They don't detail them either which you would think they would if people could look for them to be pawned or someone who had them...

I would almost bet it was someone she knew or someone in the family knew and someone who had been in the home... Did someone know what she had or envy it...? Is it at all possible she went home to meet someone and thought she was meeting just one person and someone set her up...? Could she have been the target and robbery was a cover up? Otherwise, someone knew no one would be home or so it seems and she was murdered as she could name them.

I am not big on coincidence. She went home apparently unexpectedly and someone was robbing the home... Four people who have kept their mouths shut? That seems unusual too.


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A bit more info. Seems most likely that their home was targeted, and Maggie surprised them by returning home.

Nearly six months after 17-year-old Maggie Long was murdered at her family's home in Bailey, investigators are finally sharing more information about the case — specifically saying that the Long family home was targeted and that Long's murder was not part of a pattern of crimes occurring in neighboring counties or elsewhere.

Investigators believe the person or people responsible for Long’s death targeted the family's home when it was burglarized and burned Dec. 1, but have yet to narrow the scope of their investigation on a specific suspect or motive.

“All we know for sure is we have a house that was targeted, burned, and Maggie was killed somewhere in the process of this,” Jones said. “And things are missing that we know are missing from the house. Those are the only facts that are not in dispute.”

Both Wohlers and Jones said the absence of a crime pattern, as well as the belief that the Long home was targeted, are why they believe the community is not in any danger — even in light of the theft of firearms and ammunition from the Long residence.

“If that would have been the case — the community being in danger — this would have gone a different way,” said Wohlers. “We didn't have anything to indicate that we were going to have individuals on a crime wave, hitting houses on a rolling crime spree.”


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FBI Now Viewing Maggie Long Murder As Possible Hate Crime​

CBS4 has learned the FBI is taking a different approach to the unsolved 2017 murder of Maggie Long in Park County. In a statement to CBS4, the agency wrote, “The FBI is investigating the murder of Maggie Long as a Hate Crime Matter. A Hate Crime is a criminal offense against a person or property motivated in whole or in part by the individual’s bias against a race, religion, disability, ethnicity/national origin, sexual orientation, gender or gender identity.”

Although initially considered a “crime of opportunity” with some items stolen from the home, the investigation is now focusing on a potentially bias-motivated crime.

One of Maggie’s sisters, Connie Long, said, “So to have this be a possibility is a little surprising, but at the same time, in some ways it makes sense.”

Another sister, Lynna Long, said, “This is an angle that wasn’t looked into in the past, and at this point it is no stone left unturned. Looking at the extent of violence in this crime, that is certainly an angle to look more closely into.”

She said she hoped the shift in focus would encourage people to reconsider interactions they had with others around that time, and if anyone expressed bias toward Asian-Americans.

“I think this is important to consider. It is something we haven’t really focused on in the past.”

While the FBI declined to elaborate on its reasoning for now viewing the case as a potential hate crime, the agency reiterated its interest in hearing from anyone who may know something about what happened.


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Family hopes FBI's investigation into 2017 death of Maggie Long as a hate crime will shine new light on case​

Every December for the past four years, Maggie Long’s family and friends have gathered on her birthday to remember her ambitious spirit, her positive attitude and her contagious laugh.

“When we’re with her friends, and we’re all together, we feel Maggie’s vibe, and it’s like we’re with Maggie,” Maggie’s sister Connie told Dateline. “We want to make sure she’s never forgotten.”

The FBI along with the family are offering a reward that was recently increased to $75,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible.

Connie said her family hopes the reward money will entice someone with information to come forward. In the meantime, the family has moved from Bailey to Denver, where they treasure their time together, especially around the holidays.

As they continue their fight for justice, Connie says most of all, they want to make sure Maggie is never forgotten.

“I don’t think that’ll ever happen,” Connie said. “The legacy she’s left behind is pretty amazing. She left a lasting impact on people.”


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More than four years later, memories of Maggie Long linger for friends, family​

It could have been because she stumbled upon a burglary in progress. It could have been because she was Asian – the Longs, Chinese-Vietnamese immigrants who came to the US 40 years before, were one of few Asian families in the area. It could have been motivated by their economic success, because Maggie's parents were doing well financially. They were running several Chinese restaurants and investing in real estate.

But exactly what happened to Maggie, and why, remains an unsolved mystery four years later.

Though some in town question the initial response of the Park County Sheriff’s Office, the agency eventually requested help with the investigation. The effort to solve the crime also received a boost when it was reclassified eight months ago as a possible hate crime, and the investigation spruced up with a new five-person task force.

But these changes haven’t yielded new leads, at least none that have been disclosed, and the case remains a triggering topic for family and community alike.

Maggie’s parents have since relocated from Bailey to the Denver suburbs, where they devoted a room to their daughter that contains items salvaged after the fire.

“Every year on the anniversary of her death, I would kind of go through her personal stuff,” recalled her sister Connie. She said that not long ago, “I opened up her computer and I found a note that she wrote to herself for when she turns 18 . . . The main message that she was giving herself was: ‘No matter what you decide to do with your life, just be a good person.’”

“Over the last four and a half years, it’s from our experience shown that there aren’t any developments and part of us wonders, you know, is that due to the nature of the case, lack of evidence, or is it perhaps due to lack of effort and interest by individuals and department that are located in Bailey?,” Connie wondered.

A new boost occurred when Maggie’s murder was classified as a possible hate crime in May, 2021. The reclassification added financial resources, and the participation of the Colorado Bureau of Investigation and the FBI. But it hasn't impacted the investigation in ways that are tangible for the Longs.

Since then, there haven’t been any breaks in the case, and some wonder whether the new designation makes any difference.

“Whatever their motivations were – could have been racial, could have been socioeconomic, could have been anything – I don’t really care about that,” said Platte Canyon High Principal Mike Schmidt. “I care about them solving that crime.”

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